DUBLIN, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Actress, producer and model Kate Bosworth is partnering with Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, to unveil the new ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel, 7.5% and share her personal experience with acne. ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% is a new prescription topical treatment for acne in patients 12 years of age and older, with just once-a-day application.1 At an exclusive event hosted in New York City, Kate teamed up with nationally-renowned dermatologist, Joshua Zeichner, MD, to discuss the complexities behind the most common chronic skin condition in the U.S.2 and steps to help manage acne, from what goes in the body to what goes on the skin.
"While one of my favorite parts of the job is being able to travel the world, my on-the-go schedule can encounter several inconsistencies, like lack of sleep or environmental changes," Kate says.3,4 "Finding a balance with a healthy lifestyle and consistent skin care regimen has helped me tremendously. I visited my dermatologist and was prescribed ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% to treat my acne."
Acne affects 40 to 50 million men and women in the U.S. alone, and nearly 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 struggle with acne at some point in their lives.2 Even though acne is more common in teenagers, adult acne may be more common than previously thought; about one out of three people seeking treatment for acne are 25 years or older.5,6 Acne is a multifactorial disease—environmental factors, hormonal fluctuations, medications, heredity/genetics, emotional stress and diet may all contribute to acne.2
"We are very fortunate to be partnering with Kate for this event to launch the new ACZONE® Gel, 7.5%," says Jag Dosanjh, Senior Vice President, Medical Dermatology at Allergan. "Through Kate's story, we hope to show acne sufferers that they are not alone with acne on their mind and encourage them to visit a dermatologist to find the right treatment option and help have less acne to think about."
"It is not uncommon for women to develop acne for the first time as an adult, in their 20s or 30s.7 I always remind my patients that acne is not just an issue teenagers suffer with. While there is no cure, it can be managed with the right treatment regimen," said Joshua Zeichner, NYC-based Dermatologist. "ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2016. In the largest pivotal trial program conducted for FDA approval of a topical acne drug, once-daily application ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% was clinically proven to be effective and safe in treating inflammatory and comedonal acne in 12 weeks." 1
For more information or to find a dermatologist, please visit www.aczone.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Actress, Producer and Model Kate Bosworth at the ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel, 7.5% Launch Event in New York City
PHOTO CREDIT: Jennifer Graylock, Getty Images
ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel, 7.5% is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat acne in people 12 years and older.
Important Safety Information
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have; glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) or higher than normal levels of methemoglobin in your blood (methemoglobinemia).
Talk to your doctor about any medications you're using including topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO). Use of BPO with ACZONE® Gel may cause your skin and facial hair to temporarily turn yellow or orange at the site of application.
ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% may cause serious side effects, including:
- a decrease of oxygen in your blood caused by a certain type of abnormal red blood cell (methemoglobinemia). If your lips, nail beds or the inside of your mouth turns grey or blue, stop using ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% and get medical help right away.
- a breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia) for some people with G6PD deficiency using ACZONE® Gel, 7.5%. Stop using ACZONE® Gel, 7.5%, and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following signs and symptoms: back pain, breathlessness, tiredness/weakness, dark-brown urine, fever, or yellow or pale skin.
The most common side effects of ACZONE® Gel, 7.5% are dryness and itching of the skin being treated.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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1 ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 7.5% U.S. Prescribing Information
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